Anthropology explores what it is to be human. We study human diversity — all types, in all places, at any time. Our program builds bridges between humanistic and scientific approaches. Our faculty and students practice integrative anthropology. We draw from each of the major subfields:

  • Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Linguistic Anthropology

Our program integrates theory and practice for teaching, research, and ethics. Undergraduate majors and minors are well prepared to pursue many different careers including business, health care, teaching, research, and service. We train graduate students in the basic research approach and effective teaching. Our graduates can apply anthropology inside and outside of academia to advance knowledge and improve people’s lives.

Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology is part of a highly ranked and highly selective private research university with a sincere commitment to the common good. The University's foundation in the Catholic tradition encourages ethical community engagement and efforts to improve the human condition, while its network of global gateways and centers facilitates research and fieldwork around the world.

Our campus and global partnerships allow us to provide all students with a robust and interdisciplinary education that spans across all elements of the human experience.

As researchers, our faculty produce innovative and impactful research. They publish their work in high-profile journals and they have written award-winning books. Several of our faculty have received awards for their excellence in research and teaching. They have also won prestigious fellowships and major external research grants to support their work as researchers and scholars. 

Our home is located on the second floor of Corbett Family Hall on the east side of the historic Notre Dame Stadium. This custom-designed space opened in 2017 and contains offices for faculty, graduate students and staff, research laboratories, classroom spaces, and meeting rooms. We also have ample public spaces that students use between classes and that we use for social events. We invite you to take a short video tour of our space.

Explore our website to learn more about our faculty research, graduate education, and undergraduate programs.

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The Department of Anthropology welcomes your support in any number of ways. We value the time, talent, and treasure of our graduates and friends and welcome collaborative efforts to further our work. Make a gift or connect with the department about other ways to get involved.